People line up for early voting in Chicago on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Amid the pandemic, many residents in the city and state have requested mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election. (WTTW News)
State health officials reported more than 3,600 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday and 27 additional deaths a day after Gov. J.B. Pritzker warned residents of a surge in COVID-19 infections across Illinois.
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The statewide total now stands at 339,803 confirmed cases of the virus and 9,192 related deaths since the first infection was reported in Illinois in late January.
Eleven residents of Cook County were among the deaths reported Saturday, including a woman in her 20s.
More than 77,000 specimens were tested by state labs in the